Gyula, the 700-year-old Hungarian city

Vivi Bencze | Live the World

November 23, 2022

If I had to choose two segments regarding what I mainly look for when it comes to an excursion and tourism in general, I would probably say gastronomy and the historical significance of a particular destination. These are the two things that I consider my very own starting points when I contemplate on my next journey. Obviously, I could have written a white-sanded beach as well, but it would have been too evident to type, wouldn’t it? Well, taking my favourite characteristics of a certain place into consideration, I really like the combination that, for example, a historic castle could offer during a fair or any kind of event. It is an occasion where, on the one hand, you can explore the scene’s historical nature, while you are also able to enjoy some delicious bites in the bustle of the crowd. Especially when we are talking about a certain city, in which both a castle that is hundreds of years old and several further attractions can be found. Please let me show you the 700-year-old Hungarian city, Gyula and its most important tourist attractions.

Photo © Credit toémeth Zsolt

The castle of Gyula

In my country, there are multiple castles from the Middle Ages that are still standing. One of them can be found in Gyula, which actually is the most unspoilt brick castle in the lowlands of Central Europe. It was built in the 14th-15th century, and nowadays a museum, castle theatre and exhibitions are all operating in it.

Every year, the program calendar of Gyula offers a rich selection of events, most of which are held in the castle’s garden. As I mentioned above, these occasions include fairs and other programs that are all charming and entertaining without exception. During these fairs, all the worthily famous culinary manufacturers of Gyula represent themselves, such as Gyulai Húskombinát (sausage and liver pate) and Gyulai Pálinka Manufaktúra (palinka, the “Hungarian brandy”).

Photo © Credit toémeth Zsolt

Thermal Spa

As well as several other Hungarian cities – eg. Zalakaros and Harkány, the 700-year-old Gyula also proudly represents the members of my country’s well-known thermal baths. The spa has been providing its guests with the thermal water since 1958, and from 2013, even a so-called aqua palace is awaiting everyone. Here, there are many pools with hydromassage, water slides and countless further services in a modern environment. As for the thermal water section, we can choose out of 19 pools, in which we can enjoy the benefits of the originally 72-degree-Celsius hot, yellowish-brownish water heated to a pleasantly warm temperature.

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